Live out your Jane Austen fantasties here – pretend that Mr Darcy just trotted up the driveway on his horse with Bingly to take tea. The Georgian symmetry makes me gasp in glory. Allow me to let you into a little secret that is… Howford House, Peebleshire. This house is such a rarity. Why? Well, normally people LIVE in houses like this beautiful Georgian farmhouse, they don’t rent them out. But when the owners live in something a bit larger up the street – (only Traquiar House, Scotland’s oldest inhabited house, visited by 27 Scottish kings and queens dating back to 1107). Then they can afford to just rent out their lesser country pile. But no less a country pile it is. Surely some of the antiques from Traquair have ended up in here, because just look at the beauty. This is a spacious country house sleeping 18 in 9 bedrooms in the Scottish Borders, for a family holiday or a special trip away with friends. You are getting a WHOLE LOTTA HOUSE for your money here. It looks like it could be a shoot location for Vogue Magazine. Howford House really has so many joyful details, look at those four-poster beds, the stunning fireplaces, the original antiques and the beautiful Georgian detailing. This is history and heritage, character and charm in abundance. The house is set above a sloped lawn, surrounded by trees, and with an open view across the Tweed valley and the River Tweed. It was renovated and refurbished in 2016. On entering by the front door there’s a grand hall with a mix of antique furniture and modern art, and this eclectic theme carries on throughout the house. The two front rooms are the main reception rooms, with an L-shaped drawing room, and a classic dining room. To the rear is the country style kitchen and utility room, which can be accessed by a side door With ramp access to the side of the house, there is a wheelchair friendly ground floor bedroom, with nearby accessible shower room, with the entire ground floor being accessible too. The rest of the accommodation is also strikingly beautiful. On the first floor to the front of the house are the 4 main bedrooms; to the rear on the first floor are bedrooms that are classified as the 2 maid’s bedrooms; and on the second floor are the two attic bedrooms, which make a good family suite. This is a pet friendly holiday house and dogs are allowed access at ground floor level. The private grounds make a great space to relax in, whilst guests are also invited to use the historic grounds and tennis court at Traquair House, a short walk away. Traquair, Scotland's oldest inhabited house, also has facilities for weddings and fine dining which are offered to guests at preferential rates, so you could dine at Traquair House in the 18th century Dining Room at a special rate - what a splendid thing to do for a special birthday. Other features: Free Wifi, BBQ, garden games including croquet, badminton and outdoor table tennis. I have a little story to tell you at this point… I like to personalise these listings as much as possible because, well, we do things differently here if you hadn’t noticed… When I had my two children very close together, I didn’t know how to holiday. We went to chain hotels with the kids and ended up drinking red wine in the dark in a hotel room while the kids slept. We ate breakfast from a beige buffet station and visited soft play centres… yes, too too awful for words. I can categorically say I’ve found a much better way to holiday with my children now that I’ve done the rounds, and I want to tell you about it. Howford House offers a good example. You book a large, beautiful house and invite all the relatives. Everyone helps out with the cooking and the childcare, plus the kids can run a muck in the large safe garden, leaving you to curl up with a Harpers Bizarre on the sofa with a sherry, or even have a little jaunt out into the local towns to ramble round the antique shops, and have a coffee. Yes, you’re welcome. Of course, if you fancy a bit of outdoor adventure - the Tweed Valley in the hills of the Scottish Borders offers an excellent range of activities nearby from mountain biking, walking, cycling, fishing, golf and horse riding. It would be darn right rude not to book a holiday here, especially when you can get a week starting from just £2100. To book, just email them from this website, or visit their website. CHIC SCOTLAND EXTRA: Mention Chic Scotland on booking to receive a bottle of Cuvee Catherine, their very own French Sparkling wine (Cremant de la Loire) which is delicious and personally selected!
- Dog friendly
- Wheelchair accessible